So, Gill-Caesar, who is nicknamed Tekki, has options. Kentucky and Duke could be top landing spots if he stays in the Class of 2015. WVU makes sense if Gill-Caesar wants to follow in the footsteps of former Huntington Prep star Andrew Wiggins, who is one of the nation's top freshmen at Kansas, reclassify and make a splash in the Big 12.
Then there's Thomas Bryant, who will be a tougher sell for Cook. The Mountaineers have offered the 6-10, 220-pound Class of 2015 mega-prospect, who also has scholarships waiting for him at Syracuse, Florida, Ohio State, Villanova and UCLA, among others. Fulford called Bryant a "future pro." Cook labeled him as a sure-fire McDonald's All-American.
If the Mountaineers could somehow get their hooks in Bryant, which I'm told is unlikely, it'd obviously be quite the coup for Huggins and the Mountaineers. If not, he is helping develop another post presence for WVU. The five-star prospect gives Cook a daily challenge he wouldn't have received at Liberty-Raleigh ... or really anywhere else at this age.
"I think people who are fans of West Virginia are sometimes hard on Levi because he's not averaging 20 points a game for us and he's not averaging 15 rebounds and he's not playing 30 minutes a game," Fulford said. "They have to understand that he is playing behind a pro. Thomas Bryant is a guy who is headed for an Olympics team down the road. This kid is a big-time player.
"That's not saying Levi is not a big-time player, but they're just different. Levi is getting better because of who is he playing against every day, but Levi has made Thomas better too. Thomas is not used to banging on a player that big. They're good for each other."
Cook's numbers are modest, about five points and five boards per game. He is eighth on the team in scoring sixth in rebounding for Huntington Prep (23-4), which has won nine straight, hasn't been defeated since before Christmas and is No. 7 in USA Today's Super 25 national rankings.
Cook can continue to hone his game -- Fulford cited the center's need to be consistent several times -- and play top-flight competition before heading to WVU.
Cook hopes he won't make that trip from Huntington to Morgantown alone. If his recruiting pitches fail, his current teammates will become his future rivals ... especially if they land at any neighboring Division I programs.
"If they go to Pitt, I'm not going to like them," Cook said. "I'll cheer for them individually and hope they lose."